Aaron Carter: "People Think I've Done Crazy Drugs, and That's Not the Case"
Chances are no one currently knows what Aaron Carter's horny level is. It is a secret the Backstreet-brother and Shaq-conquering crooner keeps heavily guarded. What we do know is that Carter performs Tuesday at Teaneck, NJ's Mexicali Live, and that his career has lasted longer than anyone might have predicted. We spoke to Carter about revisiting his earlier years, his hip-hop cred and whether or not his rematch with Shaq was fixed.
Aaron Carter and his After Party
Your new track "Where Do We Begin" captures the transition of summer-into-autumn and deals with perpetuating a summer romance. That in mind, how was your summer?
My summer was phenomenal! I got to spend the summer with fans, it was consistent work with a new venue everyday. That's what I like, when I'm on the road so much. I've toured so many times that it's weird when I'm not touring. From 10-15 I had done probably ten headlining tours and probably been on 3-4 other tours with Britney Spears or my brother. Being on the road is where I want to be. When you're on the road, there's always something new happening. Home is where my heart is and my heart is with my fans. And if I can bring a couple other things with me like my dog and my older sister doing my merchandise, it's kind of like a family thing.
Are there any issues with bringing your dog on tour?
None yet. I'm sure there will be something that happens, probably when we go to Canada I'm guessing there's going to be some issues.
Your dog has a felony?
(laughs) No, I think going into Canada, don't they have to quarantine them, or is that other countries? I can tell you Nick has his pug with him on tour, so I can just call him up and ask him "When you went to Canada, did you bring Nacho with you?"
The name of your current tour is the After Party Tour. Is this a reference to your single "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)?"
Of course it is. I came up with the concept and put it to fruition and put it out there and it ended up happening.
You've always had a strong hip-hop influence in your work. Do you recall being first introduced to hip-hop?
Yes I do, by my older sister and my brother. I was born in 1987, so when I was ten-years-old Tupac was really big, Bone Thugs was really big. I listened to Shyne and a lot of R&B groups like Blackstreet. It was weird because my dad would get upset if I was listening to hip-hop. He caught me listening to N.W.A. one time and got really mad at me. It wasn't really his kind of music.
At what point did you really bring the rapping element into your songs?
Well, on the first album I had done one rap track called "Get Wild" with a lot of words in it that a ten-year-old kid should not have even known. The producer and the A&R, Steve Lunt at Jive Records, really kind of said let's take the approach and do something a little different. He had a vision for me trying to be the flyest kid on the block and they took a lot of what my personality was and put it to the lyrics.